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mindful minimalism

As part of my final year at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire I undertook a module entitled ‘Composing Music of Minimal Means’. I had the pleasure of collaborating with four other musicians to create two separate pieces of music, one in the style of Drone Minimalism and the other in the style of Wandelweiser. The reason that I am sharing this with you today is because I realised that both pieces had a meditative and ‘deep listening’ quality, very much in keeping with quiet note. Having spoken with the musicians they kindly allowed me to share these pieces on quiet note. Both pieces can be found in the ‘exercise’ section on your home page or by clicking on the pieces below. It is there that you can access ways to listen from a mindfulness and meditation perspective. This article however focuses on the context and creation of the music.

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ripples

On World Mental Health Day 2020, Intercultural Roots launched a captivating global project called Ripples. Ripples is an ongoing project that began by commissioning 7 initiating artists from 7 different time zones across the earth alongside members of the public to share artistic responses to the question “what matters to you?”  Throughout the late Autumn and Winter of 2020 there were five specific release dates and times for participants to publish their responses. I (Will Crawford, Founder of quietnote) was honoured to perform from a public role alongside the seven initiating artists based all across the world. 

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cultivate the 9 mindful attitudes of Jon Kabat-Zinn

The 9 mindful attitudes were put together and developed by John Kabat-Zinn, one of the founders of the modern-day mindfulness movement. They are simple qualities to try and adopt into our daily lives in order to improve our overall mental and physical wellbeing. Below I discuss how we can practise these qualities through music as a means to them to take fourth into our daily life. If you can begin to practise and adopt these attitudes into your life you will become happier, healthier and more aware of the present moment. They may seem like obvious or easy ideas but in practise they can be much harder than at first glance. Just like anything this will take practise, patience and a little bit of commitment but what you gain will be well worth it and will be with you for life. Below I will talk a little bit about each attitude and then will suggest some meditations and exercises to do whilst listening to help you develop the attitude.

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